'Risky Drinking'

MCA Symposium, 14.11.18, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, central London

On 14 November 2018, we held a symposium on 'Risky Drinking' at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in central London.  

The MCA Symposium has grown over the last few years and is now one of the foremost conferences on alcohol and health harm. Its Annual Symposium attracts an ever larger audience of health professionals from all disciplines who value its very wide ranging approach to alcohol, from basic science to public health, whilst retaining a clinical focus.   

The 2018 Symposium programme looked at different aspects, including Professor Roger Williams on the Lancet Commission on the Liver, Clive Henn from PHE on public health and the PHE’s CQUIN  programme to reduce alcohol related risks, Professor Ketan Patel on the recent elucidation of the molecular basis of alcohol in cancer causation, Colin Angus on risk, guideline development and implementation and Professor Colin Drummond on alcohol treatment services.

The 2018 Max Glatt memorial lecture was be given by Dr Jane Marshall, consultant psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, who has had an illustrious career managing alcohol related health harm including among health professionals.


Mr Colin Angus, MSC, BSC (Hons)

Colin is a Research Fellow and senior alcohol policy modeller in the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group at the University of Sheffield. He is one of the architects of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model and his research on the potential impacts of alcohol pricing policies has played a key role in the policy debate around Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland and the wider UK. Colin was also the lead modeller behind recent work on the health risks associated with drinking at different levels which informed the development of the new UK drinking guidelines.

To view Mr Angus' presentation, please click here

Professor Ketan Patel, MB MRCP PhD FMedSci FRS

Dr KJ Patel trained in medicine but also has spent his research career at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge one of the premier research institutes in the world. His work focuses on the molecular basis of inherited genomic instability and the role it plays in the biology of stem cells. His research has led to new insights into how toxic molecules released from metabolism can damage the DNA of stem cells, particularly in those that produce blood. Studies carried out by his laboratory have uncovered how the body defends itself against these toxic metabolites through a dual protection mechanism that involves degradation of these metabolites and a specific form of DNA repair, the Fanconi anaemia DNA repair pathway. An important aspect of this work has also shown how the toxic by-product of alcohol metabolism, acetaldehyde, damages DNA and may contribute to diseases associated with ethanol exposure, such as fetal alcohol syndrome, bone marrow dysfunction and certain cancers. He has received prestigious awards and prizes for his work. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), a member of EMBO and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences UK (FMedSci).

To view Dr Patel's presentation, please click here . 

Dr Jane Marshall, MRCPI FRCPsych. 

Dr Jane Marshall has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Addictions at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) since 1994. She studied Medicine at Trinity College, Dublin and trained in Psychiatry at St Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin; and at St Bartholomew’s and the Maudsley Hospitals in London. She currently works with the NHS Practitioner Health Programme (PHP), a dedicated London-based service for doctors and dentists with mental health and addiction problems; with Equinox, a local voluntary sector detoxification unit; and as Consultant Advisor to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). 

Jane has been a GMC Medical Supervisor and Examiner for many years and has also been the Royal College of Psychiatrists lead for “Health for Health Professionals”. She is a founding member of the Psychiatrists Support Service at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.Through her clinical work at PHP (which includes the full range of mental health disorders as well as substance use disorders) she sees the organisational and systemic issues facing medical staff at first hand, and the personal toll that ensues. 

To view Dr Marshall's presentation, please click here. To watch the lecture, click here .

Professor Roger Williams, CBE, MD, FRCP, FRCS, FRCPE, FRACP, FMedSci, FRCPI (Hon), FACP (Hon)

Roger Williams has been Director of the Institute of Hepatology, London and of the Foundation for Liver Research situated at King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9NT since 2014 and holds an Honorary Consultant Physician position in the Hospital. The Institute of Hepatology was originally set up at University College London, 1996 – 2014 and before that Roger Williams had established over a period of 30 years, the world-renowned Institute of Liver Studies at King’s College Hospital.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is the recipient of numerous honorary fellowships, medals and prizes including the American Society of Transplantation Senior Achievement Award in 2004, a Hans Popper Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, the Distinguished Service Award of the International Liver Transplant Society in 2011, and in 2013 the Distinguished Achievement Award of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease.

His main clinical and research interests are in acute liver failure, liver transplantation, complications of cirrhosis and management of viral hepatitis.

Prof William's presentation is not available for public viewing. 

Professor Colin Drummond, MBChB, MD, FRCP, FRCPsych, FRCGP(Hon)

Professor of Addiction Psychiatry, Head of the Alcohol Research Group, and Consultant Psychiatrist at the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Drummond is the Chairman of the Medical Council on Alcohol and will be welcoming all delegates. 

Mr Clive Henn, Senior Alcohol Advisor, Public Health England.  

Clive Henn is the national lead for alcohol within the Health Improvement Directorate of Public Health England (PHE). He led the team who recently undertook an evidence review of the Public Health Burden of Alcohol and the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Alcohol Control Policies. PHE was established in April 2013 with a mission to protect and improve the nation’s health and to address inequalities. Before joining PHE Clive was the Senior Alcohol Advisor at the Department of Health.

Clive has previously held clinical and commissioning positions in the NHS including as a nurse specialist in alcohol and drug misuse.

To view Mr Henn's presentation, please click here

For more information please contact info@m-c-a.org.uk or call the MCA office (020 7487 4445)